Kindertransport

 

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Venue:
Artists Repertory Theatre
February 25 – March 21, 2010

Writer:
Diane Samuels

Director:
Sacha Reich

Cast:
Doren Elias, Heidi Hunter, Patricia Hunter*, Michele Mariana*, Kate Mura, and Jack Wells (*Appeared with permission from Actors Equity)

Design Team:
Mark Loring, Peter West, Elizabeth Huffman, Rody Ortega

Production Manager:
Jamie M. Rea

Stage Manager:
Autumn Trapani

Partners/Sponsors:
Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, Oregon Area Jewish Committee

Through the play, Kindertransport and planned satellite programming, JTC brought community together to examine the historical implications of one girl’s story to reflect on the universals that are playing themselves out on contemporary battlefields.

Kindertransport, by Diane Samuels weaves story of 3 generations of women whose lives are intertwined when 9 year old Eva is sent from Germany to Manchester in 1938. Set in attic of middle aged Evelyn, looking for items for daughter’s apartment, boxes are unpacked, and traumatic memories penetrate her present. Her daughter discovers that her obsessive compulsive and occasionally seemingly PTSD British mother Evelyn was German girl Eva.

For JTC, producing this play was anchored in the moral imperative of the Holocaust Never Again; to draw lessons from the Holocaust and broaden the scope of the conversation from the historical to the present.

Nightly talk backs featured guests from different cultural experiences and disciplines including Holocaust Survivors, Trauma Psychologist Dr. Aart Lovenstein, refugee from Chad and Director of IRCO’s Africa House, Djimet Dogo and Kayse Jama, Somali refugee and Director of the Center for Intercultural Organizing. These conversations build bridges of understanding in the community.

To further its mission, JTC presented free public satellite programming. On March 1st, Dr. Natan Meir presented a lecture on the Vibrant and Diverse Jewish Life of Pre War Europe and the remnants that remained after the war. March 8th, JTC hosted The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, who presented a reading of Honey Brown Eyes by Stefanie Zadravec about the ethnic violence in Bosnia. And finally, Base Roots, a local African American Theatre Company presented a staged reading of Winter Miller’s In Darfur on March 15th.

Throughout the run of the production, Friderike Heuer’s art exhibit Fugue: Exile, Emigration and Displacement was showcased at the theatre.

 

 

Performance Archive


Mainstage

A Pigeon & A Boy
Loman Family Picnic

Charlotte Salomon's Life? or Theater?
Kindertransport

Touring Shows
Naftali, Story Voyager on the Yiddish Seas
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Well-Being: The Story of Lillian Wald
The Power of Light

Page to Stage
Taster's Choice: Fertile Ground 2013
My Father's Paradise: Chapter 1
Happy Hour with Sholom Aleichem 2009
Happy Hour with Sholom Aleichem 2010
People Should Not be Afraid of their Children: Grace Paley & Etgar Keret Shorts
Don't Mess with Savta: David Ehrlich Shorts
PJ Library Hanukah Storytimes
Staged reading of IB Singer Hanukkah stories

Academic Collaborations
Cafe Baghdad
Israel Onstage 2010
Israel Onstage 2009
Roman Berman: Massage Therapist
Israel at 60 Onstage!

Satellite Programming
In Darfur Reading
Pretty Brown Eyes Reading
"The Destruction of a People and Its Culture" Lecture by Natan Meir
Exile, Emigration and Displacement Photo Montage & Poetry Exhibit by Friderike Heuer
Grotest Maru